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Kazuo Ishiguro

Japanese-born British author
Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro (born November 8, 1954) is a British novelist of Japanese descent.




  • “More fundamentally, I’m interested in memory because it’s a filter through which we see our lives, and because it’s foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
    Dunn, Adam. "In the land of memory: Kazuo Ishiguro remembers when" Book News. 27 Oct. 2000 (archived from the original on 2001-06-25).

On growing up in England, having left Japan at age 6:

  • “I have a sense of having just left without saying goodbye, and of this whole other world just kind of fading away. … I have the feeling of this completely alternative person I should have become. There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
    Conversation with Lewis Burke Frumkes, The Writer, volume 114, number 5, May 2001, collected in Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, p. 189

Never Let Me Go (2005)Edit

All page numbers from the trade paperback First Vintage International Edition published by Vintage Books in March 2006

Chapter OneEdit

  • My donors have always tended to do much better than expected.
    • (p. 03)
  • And I'm a Hailsham student - which is enough by itself sometimes to get people's backs up.
    • (p. 03)
  • Ruth, incidentally, was only the third or fourth donor I got to choose.
    • (p. 04)
  • The idiot.
    • (p. 07)
  • Tommy's got his shirt on. His favourite polo shirt.
    • (p. 08)
  • It'll come off. If you can't get it off yourself, just take it to Miss Lucy.̇
    • (p. 11)
  • It's nothing to do with you anyway.
    • (p. 11)
  • At least you got him to pipe down', she said, 'are you okay? Mad animal?
    • (p. 12)

Chapter 2Edit

  • Kath, I've been looking all over for you. I mean't to say sorry. I mean, I'm really, really sorry. I honestly didn't mean to hit you the other day. I wouldn't dream of hitting a girl, and even if I did, I'd never want to hit you. I'm really, really sorry.
    • (p. 13-14)
  • ... I must admit, if it hadn't been for the encounter on the stairs, i probably wouldn't have taken the interest I did in Tommy's problems over the next several weeks.
    • (p. 14)

Chapter 3Edit

  • i'd no idea if anyone was actually watching.
    • (p. 25)
  • she said we were't being taught enough.
    • (p. 29)
  • what is the gallery? why should she have a gallery of things done by us?
    • (p. 30)
  • maybe she sells the outside, out there.
    • (p. 31)
  • ruth insisted - that she really was afraid of us.
    • (p. 34)
  • it never occurred to us to wonder how we would feel being seen like that.
    • (p. 34)

Chapter 4Edit

  • i won't be a carer any more come the end of the year and though i've got a lot out of it, i have to admit i'll welcome the chance to rest.
    • (p. 37)
  • until it came to dominate our lives.
    • (p. 37)
  • nostalgic about their collections.
    • (p. 38)
  • the sales were important to us because that was how we got hold of things from outside.
    • (p. 41)
  • her general drift was clear enough: we were all very special, being Hailsham students, and so it was all the more disappointing when we behave badly.
    • (p. 43)
  • Miss Emily had an intellect you could slice logs with.
    • Chapter 4 (p. 43)

Chapter 21Edit

  • Well, this is a surprise. If you aren’t here to give me trouble, then why are you here?
    • Chapter 21 (p. 248)

Chapter 22Edit

  • This is all strictly against regulations, of course, and Marie-Claude should never have asked you in. And naturally, I should have turned you out the second I knew you were here. But Marie-Claude doesn’t care much for their regulations these days, and I must say, neither do I.
    • Chapter 22 (p. 259)

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